Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Be Quiet! Pure Base 600 Window Mid-Tower Review

NikKTech has the Be Quiet! Pure Base 600 in-house today for a little review action. How does this case stand up to the competition? Hit the link to find out.

It may not be as silent as what we've come to expect by be quiet! over the years but thanks to its tempered glass side panel and spacious interior the brand new Pure Base 600 Window has great potential especially in the hands of gamers and enthusiasts.

Destiny 2 “Last Call” Teaser

The choice to use Nathan Fillion's character Cayde-6 in this trailer is just brilliant. For the most part, I've enjoyed playing Destiny on consoles but I really hope that Destiny 2 comes out on the PC as well this time around.

The First-Ever Race Of Molecule-Cars

Who needs the Fast and Furious movies when we can watch these microscopic race cars go head to head.

Social Media Influencers Finally Come to … Medicine

Has it really come to this? Using "influencers" in the medical industry?

Just as Snapchat and Instagram and YouTube have influencers, so too does medicine. Chronic diseases occupy an online world of memes, hashtags (#hospitalglam), and people who provide information and insights to communities that too often feel they have no voice. A growing number of companies are hiring these patient influencers to reach, and understand, these folks. And, of course, sell them stuff.

MIT's Self-Assembly Technique Could Lead To Simple Way Of Making Smaller Microchip Patterns

A team of researchers at MIT have combined several existing techniques to make the patterns of wires and components in microchips smaller than ever before.

The new process uses a novel integration of three existing methods. First, a pattern of lines is produced on the chip surface using well-established lithographic techniques, in which an electron beam is used to "write" the pattern on the chip. Then, a layer of material known as a block copolymer — a mix of two different polymer materials that naturally segregate themselves into alternating layers or other predictable patterns — is formed by spin coating a solution. The block copolymers are made up of chain-like molecules, each consisting of two different polymer materials connected end-to-end. Finally, a top, protective polymer layer is deposited on top of the others using initiated chemical vapor deposition (iCVD). This top coat, it turns out, is a key to the process: It constrains the way the block copolymers self-assemble, forcing them to form into vertical layers rather than horizontal ones, like a layer cake on its side.

Samsung Store Catches Fire, Cause Unknown

Any time a Samsung product, factory, or store catches on fire, can you really claim that the cause is "unknown?" 😁

“We are currently assessing the property damage and working closely with the authorities to determine the cause of the fire,” the company said in a statement. “The store will remain temporarily closed during this period. We sincerely regret any inconvenience caused.” Several neighboring stores were also temporarily closed following the fire."

GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 (AMD X370) Motherboard Review

While we are on the subject of Ryzen processors, you are going to need a motherboard like the GIGABYTE AX370-Gaming 5 to get the most out of your new CPU.

As our second AMD X370 motherboard review, I will be putting the GIGABYTE/Aorus AX370-Gaming 5 under the microscope, and dissect its secrets. The AMD X370 chipset provides a decent amount of IO expansion over the basics provided by the CPU. Most notably, the X370 chipset offers two USB 3.1 ports, which is a first for a platform chipset. The CPU will provide extra USB and storage, and the chipset compliments it. The X370 chipset is also one of only two that provides multi-GPU capabilities such as SLI or CrossFireX for your Ryzen CPU.

Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 CPU Cooler Review

If you are in the market for a new CPU cooler for your brand new Ryzen processor, FunkyKit says the Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 should fit the bill nicely.

Noctua NH-U12S SE-AM4 is a different build cooler than we could see in previous review ( NH-L9x65 ). This time it’s tower build which is really popular and efficient design. We will show also dual tower build but it will be in next review while now let’s focus on NH-U12S SE-AM4 which is really interesting option for all users who are planning to buy the latest AMD Ryzen platform.

Spider-Man: Homecoming - Trailer 2

I am soooo glad Marvel has control over Spider-Man again. I can't wait to see this.

Ballistix Sport LT Red 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 Memory Kit Review

Those crazy crustaceans over at MadShrimps have published an evaluation of the Ballistix Sport LT Red 32GB 2666MHz DDR4 memory kit that is definitely worth the read.


While robots will quite possibly be the end of human kind as we know it, THIS little girl will restore your faith in human kind...and probably inspire the human race's resistance to fight back against our eventual robot overlords. I love you little girl...I love you.

Why Women Want To Have Sex With Garrus

You know what we all need? We need some DUDE to tell us why women playing Mass Effect want to have sex with Garrus. I mean, I knew the author of this article was a complete babe magnet when he said he "boned" Ashley and Miranda. Seriously?!? Wow.

My Mass Effect playthrough was the most straight-laced, male heterosexual journey you could imagine. I boned Ashley, despite her space-alt-right leanings. Then I boned Miranda, because I mean, I’m only human. Garrus was just my mechanic. The guy stuck at the bottom of my ship fixing shit. But then I discovered something. Women dig Garrus. Like they really dig Garrus. Despite being a bird-insect-alien with mandibles, women really want to bone the ever-loving heck out of Garrus.

Intel Optane Memory With 3D XPoint Technology

Still not sure what Intel's Optane memory with 3D XPoint technology does or how it works? Head on over to HotHardware for the complete rundown on all the latest from Intel.  

Early last week, Intel revealed its Optane SSD DC P4800X featuring 3D Xpoint memory technology. The Optane SSD DC P4800X is an enterprise-class product, targeted at data centers and mission-critical applications where reliable, ultra-low-latency access to large amounts of data is paramount. Today, Intel is introducing another new product featuring 3D Xpoint memory, but this is one quite literally at the other end of the spectrum. The Intel Optane Memory devices we’ll be discussing here looks like other current generation 80mm M.2 “gumstick” type solid state drives. However, Intel Optane Memory is meant to be used as an accelerator for systems featuring relatively low-speed storage devices, like hard drives.

Blizzard's Overwatch League Could See $100M In Its First Year

I  know people like to call them "analysts" but I like to call them "professional guessers" because that is a more accurate description of what they actually do.

Research from the investment management firm Morgan Stanley estimates that Blizzard’s competitive eSports league could see a yearly annual base revenue of more than $100 million, or even as much as $720 million if certain conditions are met.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cryorig R1 Universal Test

Grab your favorite translator and head on over to OCInside for their review of the Cryorig R1 Universal. Damn, look at all those heatpipes.

Midwest RepRap Festival

LanOC has coverage of the Midwest RepRap Festival posted today that is definitely worth the click to go check out. After seeing the LS3 below, I want a 3D printed big block Chevy printed for my desk.

Well, this weekend I took a break from playing Ghost Recon Wildlands and made the trip over to Indiana to check out Midwest RepRap Festival. While the name most likely isn’t obvious to most people, but RepRap is the community around 3d printing. So unlike Maker Fairs where 3d printing is also very popular, this time the entire event is exclusively focused on it. This event started off as a small get together of friends in a garage and is quickly growing out of control. A few of the big names in 3d printing were there and we have the chance to stop and talk with a few people. We also brought the camera along so I figured I would make a quick post to share what we saw.

Uber Is Officially Resuming All Of Its Self-Driving Car Tests

Apparently Uber is resuming its self-driving car tests in Arizona after it was revealed that its autonomous vehicle was not at fault in the crash we reported on over the weekend.

Uber is resuming its self-driving-car pilot programs in Pittsburgh and Arizona beginning Monday afternoon. The programs were temporarily suspended after one of its vehicles was involved in an accident while operating in self-driving mode late Friday night. One of Uber's self-driving Volvo SUVs flipped onto its side after an accident in Tempe, Arizona. A photo of the scene showed another car in the background with dents and smashed windows. 

Cougar Panzer Max Review

The Cougar Panzer Max full-tower case is on the techPowerUP test bench today.
The Cougar Panzer Max is a full-tower representation of the Panzer chassis. It is larger, bulkier, has more space, and looks a lot more menacing to boot. It really does look like a tank, which is what "Panzer" means in German. So, in this review, we take the Panzer Max for a joy ride, fill it with some ammunition, and see if it is a straight shooter. 

Destiny 2 Revealed....Sorta

What kind of reveal is this? Thanks Bungie.

‘Pirate’ Movie Streaming Sites Declared Legal By Italian Court

I have a feeling that a favorable ruling like this will no doubt open the flood gates for other sites that link to pirated movies to migrate to Italy.

A Court of Appeal in Rome has overturned a 600,000 euro ruling against four unlicensed sites that offered streaming movies to the public. The Court found that merely providing links does not qualify as distributing files protected by copyright, even though the sites generated revenue via advertising.

Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6 Chassis

Our friends at FunkyKit just published a review of the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6. Aside from being a bit on the pricey side, this looks like a very nice case.

Today we will be taking a look at the Cooler Master MasterCase Pro 6. It’s their latest chassis in their MasterCase range, which has been been a huge success for Cooler Master, and extremely popular among modders and gamers alike. The new MasterCase Pro 6 offers a subtle and sleek design that’s clean and elegant, it also keeps the same FreeForm Modular System Technology allowing user to adjust, customize and upgrade their pc case.

Facebook Messenger Adds Option To Share Your Live Location

I share a lot of information with people via Facebook but I'm not sure I would like to use this feature, even if its only with friends.

Today we’re excited to announce a new way to share your location in Messenger. Our new Live Location feature makes it simple and seamless for you to choose to share where you are with your friends and family. This is rolling out globally and is available on both iOS and Android.

Amazon Delays Opening of Cashierless Store to Work Out Kinks

I'm not even going to pretend I am surprised by this because we told you this was going to happen.

Amazon has run into problems tracking more than about 20 people in the store at one time, as well as the difficulty of keeping tabs on an item if it has been moved from its specific spot on the shelf. For now, the technology functions flawlessly only if there are a small number of customers present, or when their movements are slow.

First Look at the Tomb Raider Reboot

GQ has images from the set of the Tomb Raider reboot starring Alicia Vikander. Honestly, I have hope for this film. It looks like it is following the new games fairly close and I think we can all agree that she can't be any worse than Angelina Jolie.

What Happens When Your PC Meets Intel Optane Memory?

Throughout my years at Intel, I’ve seen the incredible impact technology can and will have on peoples’ lives: from virtual reality saving lives in the hands of a surgeon to the power and potential of 5G for autonomous driving. But let’s not forget, one of the most pervasive and impactful technology innovations of our time continues to be the one we use day in and day out: the personal computer. Whether you are staying connected with loved ones, streaming an epic moment of game play, or researching that next big project, computers are woven through almost every aspect of our lives. At Intel, we strive to push the boundaries of technology to help people be more creative, have more fun or be more productive. One of the best ways to do this is to fundamentally improve the daily computing experience.  

Today’s introduction of Intel® Optane™ memory does just that. Intel Optane memory enables PCs to deliver significantly more performance and faster load times across a broad range of personal computing experiences. It will enable new levels of PC responsiveness for everything from compute-intensive engineering applications to high-end gaming, digital content creation, web browsing and even everyday office productivity applications.

To put this in perspective, on a given day, most people launch 11 apps, and then launch each app seven times. With the increased speed and responsiveness of Intel Optane memory in a 7th Gen Intel® Core™ processor-based system, you can power on your computer up to twice as fast and improve overall system performance up to 28 percent faster with storage performance up to 14x faster.  Applications like Microsoft Outlook* will launch up to nearly 6x faster, the Chrome* browser launches up to 5x faster, games launch up to 67 percent faster, and levels load up to 65 percent faster.


The folks over at Vortez say that the ASUS PRIME X370 PRO motherboard is an amazing value. If you are building a new Ryzen based system, and you don't want to spend a ton of money, this could be the board for you.

ASUS have worked tirelessly on R & D, ensuring that each step they take is always forward in innovation. Now, with decades of development and experience under their belt, the PRIME range of motherboards has come to share the spoils of war. That means, raw performance and advanced controls with minimal fluff. 

Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 Edition Review

If you like your all-in-one cooling solutions to have a bit of colored lighting, you'll definitely want to read this review of the Thermaltake Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 Edition.

The good news however is that the 120mm Riing RGB fans are not only immensely better compared to the regular ones Thermaltake used with the Water 3.0 Ultimate but they are also much less audible. As a matter of fact the Water 3.0 Riing RGB 360 Edition is the most silent AIO liquid CPU cooler to ever pass from our test bench and I think that’s one of its strong selling points right after the looks of the Riing RGB fans. 

Thermaltake Core P3 Case Review

The crew at Hardware Secrets have posted a review of the Thermaltake Core P3 wall-mounted case today.

The Thermaltake Core P3 Case is an open-air case, wall-mountable, focused on enthusiast users, where the PC components are exposed. Let’s analyze this uncommon case. The Core P3 is available in four colors: black, white (Snow Edition, that is the one we analyzed), green and red.

It should be noted that some of the things listed as "cons" in this review above are easily remedied without modifying the case at all. We are using this very same chassis for our upcoming Killer Gaming Rig giveaway and we used plastic cable clamps to hang an all-in-one cooler in the front of the case and we vertically mounted a Blu-ray drive right below it. Stay tuned for our giveaway and accompanying build article.

NASA: Building The ISS In UE4

This makes me want to work at NASA.

Ryzen 5 1600 Unboxing

Although this video is in Portuguese, it's an unboxing video so it's not like you need audio anyway.

Kingston HyperX Savage 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

If you need a new USB 3.0 flash drive, the crew at TeakTown think that the 64GB version of the Kingston HyperX Savage  might just fit the bill.

Kingston has long been a name synonymous with memory and flash storage. HyperX started as branding on DDR memory way back when I was still playing with socket 939 systems, the last time AMD held the performance crown. The HyperX Savage is the latest in high-performance flash solutions from Kingston. Capacity options start from the 64GB model which we have in house through 128GB, 256GB and ending at 512GB. Marketing performance sits at up to 440 MB/s read and 180 MB/s write for the 64GB solution while all other capacities include 250 MB/s write performance.

Amazon Considers Opening Augmented Reality Furniture Stores

Honestly, as long as something like this prevented me from being accosted by retail sales people at the furniture store, I am all for this. Amazon, if you are listening?

Reportedly, Amazon is mulling an electronics store that would be similar in concept to Apple's shops. While Amazon's bookstores already carry some of its devices, these would have a "heavy emphasis" on hardware and services like Echo speakers and Prime Video.

So You Want to Be a Pro Gamer

Back in the day, I was a bartender making money hand over fist. Money, girls, everyone was partying at my job. It was amazing. Would I recommend it to anyone? HELL no! Just like being a pro gamer, I can't think of another profession that is so short lived and detrimental to the rest of your career. My advice, skip the articles like this explaining how to be professional gamer and stick to more realistic professions like, oh..I don't know...ANYTHING ELSE. Also, taking advice from someone that is NOT a professional gamer is probably not a good idea either. 😆 

Once your skills begin creeping toward pro-level play, seek out a live tournament. The experience of playing in front of a crowd can’t be replicated, and building a level of comfort with live play will be one of the last hurdles you face. Many websites keep updated calendars of major and minor events, and you can always check the forums for games in your area. 

Tune-in Today to the Halo World Championship 2017

Get ready for the biggest Halo esports tournament of the year! Today marks the beginning of the Halo World Championship 2017 finals, where 12 worthy contending teams from around the world have come to ESL Studios in Burbank, CA to compete for $1,000,000 in prizing and the title of Halo World Champion. The competition kicks off at 10:00 a.m. PDT/1:00 p.m. EDT, where Team EnVyUs and Splyce will face off in the first match of the day. We’ll be streaming live on Beam.pro/Halo, Twitch.tv/Halo, Twitter and Facebook, as well as side streams on Beam.pro/HaloWC2, Twitch.tv/ESL_Halo and Facebook.com/ESLHalo. If you haven’t been following the tournament so far, don’t worry – check out the deep dive on Halo Waypoint where Simms and Strongside share some of their thoughts on what they hope to see. Will OpTic Gaming bring a championship to the #Greenwall? Will we see the return of a vengeful Team EnVyUs? Tune-in today to find out!

Tencent Cloud Adopts NVIDIA Tesla for AI Cloud Computing

NVIDIA today announced that Tencent Cloud will adopt NVIDIA® Tesla® GPU accelerators to help advance artificial intelligence for enterprise customers. Tencent Cloud will integrate NVIDIA's GPU computing and deep learning platform into its public cloud computing platform. This will provide users with access to a set of new cloud services powered by Tesla GPU accelerators, including the latest Pascal™ architecture-based Tesla P100 and P40 GPU accelerators with NVIDIA NVLink™ technology for connecting multiple GPUs and NVIDIA deep learning software. NVIDIA's AI computing technology is used worldwide by cloud service providers, enterprises, startups and research organizations for a wide range of applications. "Companies around the world are harnessing their data with our AI computing technology to create breakthrough products and services," said Ian Buck, general manager of Accelerated Computing at NVIDIA. "Through Tencent Cloud, more companies will have access to NVIDIA's deep learning platform, the world's most broadly adopted AI platform." "Tencent Cloud GPU offerings with NVIDIA's deep learning platform will help companies in China rapidly integrate AI capabilities into their products and services," said Sam Xie, vice president of Tencent Cloud. "Our customers will gain greater computing flexibility and power, giving them a powerful competitive advantage." 

Sunday, March 26, 2017

“Shot With GeForce GTX” NVIDIA Ansel Contest

Want something to do today? Fire up Ghost Recon Wildlands and take some awesome screenshots with NVIDIA Ansel and share them on Facebook. You could win a GeForce GTX 1080 Ti and other prizes.

Turning Spinach Leaves Into Human Heart Tissue?

As amazing as this sounds, it is fairly obvious that no one even knows if this is going to work.

Funny Mass Effect: Andromeda Glitches

I never get tired of these Mass Effect: Andromeda glitch videos. It's like the gift that keeps on giving. The commentary on this one is particularly funny.

Synology DiskStation DS116 NAS Review

Play3r has published a review of the Synology DiskStation DS116 single bay NAS today. Here's a quote from the full review:

There are numerous methods of storing your precious and important files these days, but most people I know personally prefer having ‘hard’ copies in case of tragedy. Others want to be able to share their documents across a network securely, but without the hassle of using a paid subscription service such as Dropbox and numerous other cloud services. The Synology DS116 Diskstation 1 bay NAS covers both of those bases and then some.

StarCraft Remastered Announced; Original Game Going Free

While getting my Sunday afternoon does of gaming news over at Blue's News, I noticed that StarCraft Remastered has been announced. The best part? The original game will be offered for free once the remastered version launches.

A Closer Look at Who "Chokes Under Pressure"

Have you ever wondered why the "hold my beer" people never seem to choke under pressure? Thanks to SCIENCE, now we know why.

Previous research has shown that the higher one's working memory capacity, the more likely his/her performance is to be negatively impacted by performance pressure. In the current research we examined potential explanations for this finding by assessing the relation between pressure-induced performance deficits (i.e. “choking under pressure”) in math-based problem solving and individual differences in both working memory (as assessed via complex span tasks) and attentional control (as assessed via two measures from an Eriksen Flanker task). 

Call of Duty: WWII Images?

Our friends at Blue's News posted links to these Call of Duty: WWII images that might, or might not be, real.

Digital Downloads Killed 150 GameStop Stores

GAMESTOP's CRAPPY BUSINESS MODEL killed 150 GameStop stores. There, I fixed that for you. 😜

It's game over for at least 150 GameStop stores. The retailer has announced that it's shutting down 2 to 3 percent of 7,500 shops across the globe after sales and earning plummeted last year. According to The Wall Street Journal, the company was affected by the shift to digital downloads. 

Kingston HyperX Savage 64GB USB 3.0 Flash Drive Review

If you are shopping for a new 3.0 flash drive, make sure you head on over to TweakTown to check out their review of the Kingston HyperX Savage 64GB.

The HyperX is a surprisingly well-built flash solution. Coming from our last HyperX solution, the Fury, this new solution carries a more aggressive aesthetic with the black and red design and X embossed on top of a rubberized plastic enclosure. It is a capped design, so there is a risk you will lose the cap, but Kingston has designed the Savage with a detent to hold the cap in place.

Uber to Suspend Autonomous Tests After Arizona Accident

I hate to say I told you so but...

Uber Technologies Inc. is suspending its self-driving car program after one of its autonomous vehicles was involved in a high-impact crash in Tempe, Arizona, the latest incident for a company reeling from multiple crises.